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A former sales representative for Mantra Films Inc. and Girls Gone Wild obtained a nearly $400,000 default judgment in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the two companies and their founder, Joe Francis.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Mooney awarded $392,930 to 35-year- old Tranae Hammond during a hearing Aug. 16. The sum includes nearly $13,300 in interest and almost $160,000 in attorneys’ fees. She had sought $2.48 million.

Hammond filed her long-running lawsuit in July 2007, alleging she was the victim of repeated acts of sexual harassment by a supervisor, Ron Warren, and was fired after coming forward.

Francis, now 44, was not accused of any direct sexual harassment.

The suit stated that Hammond was hired as a sales representative with Mantra and GGW in May 2005. A year later, Warren began harassing her, frequently talking about sex in front of the plaintiff and once tapping her in the buttocks with a clipboard, according to Hammond’s court papers.

Warren retaliated against Hammond for rebuffing his advances by criticizing her work and giving her unwarranted negative write-ups, the suit states.

“When I asked the (human resources) manager if they were going to investigate the allegations, I was told no investigation would be held and instead I was terminated (in July 2006),” Hammond stated in a sworn statement. “I believe I was terminated because I complained about the harassment.”

Hammond also maintained she was not provided all meal and rest periods. Her experiences at the company caused her to suffer from embarrassment, humiliation, stress and migraine headaches, the suit states.

In July 2016, the judge told Hammond to seek a default judgment because Francis and his companies never filed an answer to the complaint, according to her court papers.

—City News Service

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